Depot Digitalisation and Sustainability

On behalf of the Rail Supply Group the Rail Forum is leading on the Midlands Pilots workstream as part of the Rail Sector Deal.  This workstream comprises two ‘pilots’; one of which is focussed on identifying opportunities for SMEs to collaborate to solve real ‘challenges’ and respond to opportunities provided by clients.

On Monday 19th July 2021 we launched our third SME challenge; this again focuses on the freight industry and in particular Depot Digitalisation and Sustainability.

DB Cargo is the challenge lead and client; they have their main depot facilities in Toton, Stoke and Crewe along with smaller depots across the UK

The scope is far reaching with the focus on working smarter, not harder. Opportunities include:

  • Digitally monitoring vehicle movements and work flow within the depot
  • Depot emissions monitoring
  • Intelligent lighting and heating
  • On-site renewable energy sources
  • Asset mapping and health checks
  • Increased automation within the depot processes
  • etc

Further background to the challenge process can be found here

FAQ -SME Challenge – Depot Digitialisation and Sustainability[1]

The slide presentation from the launch event can be found on the below link

Slide Pack – Depot Digitalisation and Sustainability

Key Dates are:

  • Launch event: Monday 19th July
  • Depot visit; Stoke on Trent – Wednesday 28th July or Toton – Friday 30th July  To reserve a slot on one of the visits please  book your place here for Stoke or here for Toton
  • Submission date for ideas*: Friday 20th August
  • Selection of ideas for Dragon’s Den by: Friday 27th August
  • Dragons Den (first session): Wednesday 15th September
  • Dragon’s Den (second session depending on the number of ideas selected): Tuesday 21st September

* all submissions must be made using the standard template – this will be available shortly

To find out more about the challenge and to get involved please contact